Marcus Adoro

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Marcus Adoro
Marcus Adoro (2009).jpg
Marcus Adoro in 2009
Background information
Birth name Marcus Antonius Corpuz Adoro
Also known as Markus Highway, Punk Zappa
Born (1970-12-31) December 31, 1970 (age 43)
Philippines
Genres Alternative rock, pop, experimental, folk rock, Pinoy rock, punk rock, stoner rock, surf rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician, surfer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, harmonica, percussion
Years active 1989–present
Associated acts Eraserheads, The Flaming Katols, Markus Highway, Surfernando, The Curfew
Website marcusadoro.com

Marcus Antonius Corpuz Adoro (born December 31, 1971) is the (former) lead guitarist of the Eraserheads, one of the most popular bands in the Philippines during the 90's alternative rock explosion.

He currently goes under the stage name or band name, Markus Highway, or "markups" to his closest friends

Eraserheads[edit]

During his days as lead guitarist for the Eraserheads, Adoro only had a few contributions when it came to songwriting. He would compose one song per album, which were usually album fillers, like "Punk Zappa" in the album, Circus, and "Southsuperhiway" in the album, Natin99. The most contributions he had ever given to the band was in the album Carbon Stereoxide, in which he wrote the songs "Pula", "Wala", and "Escalator Alligator".

Marcus' style of lead guitar was a very significant piece to the Eraserheads' sound, and to a greater extent, using takamine, Gibson and Yamaha the sound that came to define Pinoy alternative rock. His minimalist approach contrasted with the more "flashier" style of most local guitarists of the time. Instead of long, epic solos, Adoro preferred "pretty little ditties" that often complement the tone of the song. His "less is more" method resembles that of many guitarists from Manila's 80s underground punk scene, particularly Bobby Balingit (The Wuds) and Resty Cornejo (Identity Crisis). During the band's later years, Marcus began to acquire a fascination with electric guitar noises and environmental sounds which he would incorporate to his style as the band's music progressed and became more experimental.

One of the best examples of Adoro's lead guitar skills from his Eraserhead years would be in the song "Maskara" where he played backwards in one take.[citation needed]

Projects after Eraserheads[edit]

"Kamonkamon"[edit]

After the band released their 7th and final studio album, ' Carbonstereoxide in 2001, Adoro started working on a solo and more project called "Kamonkamon," to which tells the adventures of his pet dog and a cat with the same name. The compilation of songs were mixed and produced by Marcus himself. Ranging from electronica, dance, to folk, and alternative music, most of its tracks were collaborations with artists, such as Pinoy rock legend Pepe Smith, Dong Abay, and an artist named Dangwa. Its EP version, available only cassettes in Sarabia Optical, a shop in his collegiate school, University of the Philippines, Diliman, was released in 2002. Adoro stated, in an interview, that part of the reason why he created the project was to make money that will hopefully be enough to buy himself a surfboard, a sport he picked up during his stay in La Union.[citation needed]

Adoro explains in an interview with Philmusic.com that Kamonkamon was "meant as a hype." According to him, around 2002, BMG records had already bought the whole work, consisting of a comicbook, the comicbook soundtrack and a video documentary CD. The album, though, was not to be released until 2005. In addition, BMG would only publish the work if the comicbook is shortened, which according to Adoro, defeats the purpose of the comicbook soundtrack and the idea of the whole work. He says that Kamonkamon "is a highly philosophical work," so he declined with the condition. "The eventual release of Kamonkamon would be just the tip of the iceberg so to speak," says Adoro.[1]

Marcus was not the first Eraserhead to produce his own solo project. In 2000, lead vocalist Ely Buendia released his album, Wanted: Bedspacer.

"Belma en Luis"[edit]

In the same year Kamonkamon was released, Eraserheads vocalist, Ely Buendia, left the band to form The Mongols. Adoro, later, also decided to quit. He would eventually move to La Union and was unheard from until the April 2005. An e-mail from him was sent to PhilMusic.com[2] about a new project he was working on, called "Surfernando: The Adventures of Belma and Luis," with a poster art of a pencil stuck in a person's nose. The EP turned up once again at Sarabia Optical. It is also available in different album covers and titles: Urfer Magazine (Mag:Net Café), Duckdive (Bigsky), American Gurl (United States version), and Submarine (Marikina version)

In the interview with Philmusic.com, Adoro explains that "Belma en Luis" is half of all the songs for a "pinoy surfing album." Surfernando is a character. He wrote the songs in 2003 after three years of surfing. He recorded and released his work on major labels, and has now shopped for a deal with Warner Music. The Surfernando songs were recorded in his new band Markus Highway's debut album called Behold, Rejoice! Surfernando Is Hear Nah.. The sound of Markus Highway ranges from just him and a guitar "to a big full band with horns section and all."

Career after Eraserheads[edit]

Adoro's current band name is "Markus Highway (a wordplay on "Marcos Highway," a Philippine road). Adoro explains that "Markus Highway" is just a rock and roll name that he likes and he wants to keep at the moment. He says that he's good with wordplay. He reveals that most of the Eraserheads album titles came from him. "I like changing names because it's an old rock n roll tradition. All the old travelling bluesmen used different aliases and my favorite cool bands do it. I like Markus Highway for the Surfernando song," says Adoro. Adoro had changed his stage name or band name quite often since 2001. His different band names since 2001 include Surfernando, The Gumamela Band, Kamonkamon, The Flaming Katols, Markus Regime (a wordplay on Marcos Regime), The Mamones (a name spoof of Mamon, a Filipino sponge cake, and The Ramones) and Talampunay Band. He eventually settled to Markus Highway since 2007.[3]

Adoro along with former bandmates, Buddy Zabala and Raimund Marasigan performed for an event at the Millennia Club called "Marooned", a production of UP bands from past and present. Buendia was invited to the gig, but was not able to attend. "Batch 88",[4] from Belma en Luis, was one of the songs that was jammed by the trio.

When asked about his career plans in the Philmusic.com interview, Adoro said that he plans to get session musicians to play in the recording of the Surfernando album, get a band ready for gig tours, and work with other willing back-up bands as well. He said that he had been backed by artists such as Mano-manu and Sunflower Day Camp. He just finished a low-key bar tour with the band, Mayonnaise and Sunflower Day Camp.

Adoro unexpectedly appeared in "LivELY: A Fundraising Concert for the Benefit of Ely Buendia" on January 28, 2007. Though not in the list of performers, Adoro suddenly walked on stage before Rivermaya had finished performing. He then borrowed Mike Elgar's guitar and played a reggae rendition of the Eraserheads song, "Huwag Mo Nang Itanong", and a song from his new album.[5]

Marcus Adoro has a new band named Markus Highway under Warner Music Philippines, their first album "Behold, Rejoice! Surfernando Is Hear Nah." was released on February 2008.

Life after Eraserheads[edit]

Adoro was interviewed by GMA-7 newscaster Jessica Soho on her show, "Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho." The topic is all about La Union which is now popular for beach surfers in the Philippines. He is now based in La Union and he enjoys his new life as a local surfer.

In the Philmusic.com interview, Adoro says he surfs, but he doesn't join competitions. He does not compete because he says that surfing is not his profession, and he just enjoys the lifestyle. He has been making documentaries about surfing since 2002.

He also directed the short film "The Artist Is In" which premiered along with Ely Buendia's short film "Waiting Shed". It was followed by "Violator Copy," a compilation of Marcus' unreleased videoworks which featured various local artists and surfers, Jericho Rosales, Dong Abay, and Pepe Smith.

In 2012 he started the project "Greems"- a collection of 100 musical pieces, played in the same chord progression, all in the same key and all pieces clocking in at 57 seconds. The 100 pieces were written and recorded in 21 days. When asked why the handle "johnlennonfull2", he says "it was an instruction from a voice that came to him in his dream. The words to Greems will be released as a book before the year 2012 ends.[6]

Guitars[edit]

Synthesizers[edit]

Amps and effects[edit]

For a detailed narrative of his equipment during the first and second Eraserheads reunion shows, an article on Marco Harder, his guitar technician for those shows, can be found here.

Filmography[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio album[edit]

  • Behold, Rejoice, San Fernando is Here Nah! (2008; Warner Music)

Singles[edit]

  • Rakenrol
  • American Girl
  • Bonfire

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tales from the Bronze Surfer: Marcus Speaks". Philmusic.com. 2007-01-22. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  2. ^ "MAIN Home - PhilMusic.com - The #1 Philippine Music Website". Philmusic.com. Archived from the original on 2007-07-24. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  3. ^ "Tales from the Bronze Surfer: Marcus Speaks - PhilMusic.com". Philmusic.com. 2007-01-22. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  4. ^ http://www.philmusic.com/netradio/specials/eheads/batch88.asx[dead link]
  5. ^ "Heart Attacks Nearly Kill, but Marcus Hiway Thrills". Philmusic.com. 2007-01-30. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  6. ^ "Ex-EHead Marcus Adoro’s new book and music project".